Published on May 22, 2013 | by Catherine Van De Stouwe

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Meet the team: Year 2 BA Illustration students

Something we have all discovered when creating Arts London Now is that it’s not just writers that make the content. Our designers, photographers and illustrators have all been hard at work, creating a visually creative magazine for your pleasure. Here, we meet our illustrating team, all students at the LCC in their second year in BA Illustration.

Lauren ‘Lozzy’ Hellier

@lozzybonesart / http://lozzybones.tumblr.com//

What made you want to study illustration?

It’s a cliché, but I loved drawing from a young age. I find a real release in drawing by seeing how much I can push myself in one piece. I love the quirky and curious illustrating and have been drawn to the lowbrow art – its sexy and eccentric! I also have an interest in taxidermy – I love animals – and the femme-fatale style.

What would be your dream illustration job?

I am really interested in music and illustrating CD covers, and posters etc. I suppose it’s branding really – to have my work out there. I’d love to have my own fashion label and do t-shirt designs. Our course is so diverse, so I have a variety of illustrations, it’s not just drawings on a page.

Any plans for the summer?

Next year I’m taking a gap year for my diploma, so I will be finding internships for this summer. I’m going to be working on my own brand before going on holiday to Berlin!

[illustration: Lauren ‘Lozzy’ Hellier] Wallace collection/oriental armoury inspired piece – Graphite and fine liner

 

Ellen Li

@elface / http://ellenmakes.com/

What made you want to study illustration?

It combines all the things I am interested in and it allows me to make it something that I really enjoy. I want to try everything really; I like making images and doing editorial work and working in museums, and doing workshops with members of the public.

What would be your dream illustration job?

My dream job would be a mixture of things. As long as I continually have work and am doing something I enjoy then I’m happy – doing something I enjoy and being paid! That’s everyone’s dream isn’t it? To be paid to do something that you love. Sounds simple, you know, in theory!

Any plans for the summer?

Looking for internships, applying to studios, finding freelance work…just getting my work out there. I do some [freelance work], but at the moment…I have about 10 things to be getting done [for my course]…it’s a bit hectic.

[illustration: Ellen Li] Taken from the ‘Making the most of space’ collection.

 

Roshni Maher

@roshni_maher / http://cargocollective.com/roshnimaher

What made you want to study illustration?

The illustration course at LCC is Illustration and Visual Media, which is a little bit of everything – from drawing to photography to mixed media. I just like the whole combination of everything which is more me, as I don’t restrict myself to using just one medium. The course is quite broad so I am enjoying the mixture of work I get to produce.

What would be your dream illustration job?

I’m really interested in illustration/graphics on clothing, so that is something that I am looking into. I’d love to have my own clothing line someday. Seeing someone wearing my designs would be a dream come true!

Any plans for the summer?

I’m going to Rome and Florence in Italy, so I’m really looking forward to that. I have a work experience placement at Asiana Magazine in London. That’s it so far. I’m planning to do a lot of internships next year on my year out, and hopefully some travelling too.

[illustration: Roshni Maher] This image featured in Arts London Now’s review of Beyoncé’s 2013 World Tour.

 

Ermina Takenova

http://www.coroflot.com/conscious_delirium

What made you want to study illustration?

First I was thinking of doing Fine Art, but I became more interested in illustration because it’s more demanding. You have to work towards a specific target audience and it gives you more of a starting point as you can see the aim.

What would be your dream illustration job?

I’m not sure. I’m leaning towards animation; I’d really like to do that professionally.

Any plans for the summer?

Going on holiday to Thailand! Then I’ll probably stay at home [in Kazakhstan] for a bit.

[illustration: Ermina Takenova] Taken from the ‘Journey to the Forgotten Past’ collection.

 

Lizzy Tweedale

http://cargocollective.com/lizzytweedale

What made you want to study illustration?

I’ve always done it, I just didn’t put a label to it that it was illustration back when I was younger and when I did my foundation degree I was like: ‘yes, this is really what I want to do’.

What would be your dream illustration job?

I love to do murals and sustainable printmaking, that is something I’d love to do more of.  I’ve been involved in a project with the university called ‘Inside Outside’ with a few of the printers from the Screen Making course and students from around the college. We’ve been going to different locations and print making with whatever we can find, which has been really beautiful. We went to Hampstead Heath and we printed with mud and leaves, we don’t use the more conventional materials, so it’s anything you can find. So we were playing with textures, trying to recreate the atmosphere.

Any plans for the summer?

This summer I am hopefully doing the DPS, which is taking a year out. I am also exhibiting in Margate at the Harbour Arm from 25-29 July.

[illustration: Lizzy Tweedale] Taken from the ‘Space oddity’ collection

 

Amy Gallagher

@amilyuu_scribble / http://amiluu.tumblr.com/

What made you want to study illustration?

From a young age I’ve always enjoyed and it felt right to continue doing what I love doing. I like the reactions from other people. I like the interactivity that my illustrations have on people. When you hear people saying: ‘oh that’s really good’, it gives you a boost and you know that you are doing the right thing. The world is your oyster and to hear people giving such positive feedback let’s me know that illustration is the right thing for me.

What would be your dream illustration job?

I want to experience all areas of illustration to find my field; try animation, try illustration, try tattoo art, get a feel for it all. I have aspirations as to where I would like my illustrations to be seen. I would like to get involved in publishing, doing book covers and picture books or to perhaps see my designs on cushion covers or blankets, mugs; that sort of thing.

Any plans for the summer?

No plans as of yet. I could possibly be doing shop window displays at a sweet shop; I’m waiting to hear back on that. I hope to be doing some internships and perhaps do some personal projects.

[illustration: Amy Gallagher] Taken from the ‘Folk Tale’ collection.

 

Fin O’Sullivan

What made you want to study illustration?

Drawing and painting on stuff has always been a pretty big part of my life. My dream of being a male model was looking less and less likely [so] studying illustration was a natural progression.

What would be your dream illustration job?

Being el capitan of a mad cool multidisciplinary agency that does lots of interesting and exciting things with interesting exciting peoples.

Any plans for the summer?

Couple jaunts to the continent, LA for a month, hopefully lots of creative shiz and positive self-development.

[image: Fin O’Sullivan] This image featured in Art’s London Now’s travel article ‘Interrailing 101.’

 

 

 

 

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